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Distant Neighbor, Love for the
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The expression “love for the distant neighbor” originated (as Fernstenliebe) with F. Nietzsche, whose Zarathustra propounds a love for those far away and for the future Übermensch (6.1: 78.30–79.2), derived from the Socratic idea of friendship (IV) and in contrast to the Christian ideal of love of one's neighbor, which is said to be merely a symptom of base self-love and weakness of character. Unlike Christian love for the neighbor, love for the distant neighbor should serve self-perfection from a spirit of strength and self-control. The idea was adopted by N. Hartmann.…

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Körtner, Ulrich H.J., “Distant Neighbor, Love for the”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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